The Freedom of Forgiveness

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2).

An acquaintance of mine had a disagreement with his daughter that led him to break off all contact with her. This man’s wife reminded him that he couldn’t expect God to forgive his sins if wouldn’t forgive his daughter. He said he never realized that. So he asked God for the opportunity to make contact with his daughter, who lived on her own, so he could try to straighten things out between them. Shortly thereafter he was driving and saw a young woman whose car had broken down. He stopped to help her only to find out it was his own daughter. This “chance” meeting gave him the opportunity to forgive her and to renew their relationship.

–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 10, The Lord’s Prayer by Thomas L. Constable). Click on the title for more information about this resource.

Giver of Life, there are times when forgiveness is so difficult because I have been so wronged by another. Yet, I am always aware of the ultimate act of grace-filled forgiveness as You prayed for those responsible for Your painful death…including me.  Because You love me, You have forgiven my sins and set me on a path towards a holy life.   Please keep my heart soft and filled with a deep desire to pardon those who damage me with their actions or words.  Every time I choose to love others through forgiveness, draw their hearts closer to Your kingdom!

Prayer Points
Praise the righteous God whose face shines upon you (Psalm 4). Thank him for setting apart the godly for himself. Confess any unresolved anger that causes you to sin. Commit yourself to bringing to God gifts worthy of his name. Ask the Lord to surround you with his favor and spread his protection over you so that you may rejoice in him.

Pray that the Spirit may thrust believers into worldwide mission, impelling young and old, men and women, to go next door and far away, into science and art, media and marketplace with the good news of God’s grace.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on title for more information about this resource).